Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge Kalkrand
AccommodationKalahari Red Dunes Lodge consists of 12 bungalows, all of which bear a wildlife name from the region and are spread on both sides of the main building. The guest bungalows were built slightly elevated on stilts and consist of different units that fit together very well.
The entrance area of the bungalows was designed as an outdoor lounge with daybed and seating space. The living room is actually a traditional rondavel with a stone floor whereas the bedroom with wooden floors and canvas walls looks more like a traditional safari tent. Rooms are completed by a spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. Air conditioning is available (it can get very hot in summer). Cold drinks can be found in the fridge and a coffee/tea station is also available.
Wooden walkways connect the bungalows to the main building, which houses a restaurant with an open fireplace and bar and a swimming pool surrounded by loungers. On arrival, you report to the reception and are then allowed to park your car directly in front of your bungalow.
LocationAs the name suggests, Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is situated on the fringes of the Kalahari that stretches from Botswana to Namibia. The lodge is located not far from the main road B1, which connects Windhoek with South Africa. About 8km south of Kalkrand a small, well signposted road turns off to the lodge. The lodge provides a pleasant stopover for self-drivers on the way to Namibia's southern highlights.
WildlifeKalahari Red Dunes is located in a nature reserve characterised by the Kalahari Desert. The environment is made up of infinite chains of partly red sand dunes, grassy plains, dry river courses, dry lakes and tree savannah. Oryx, giraffe, zebra, springbok and kudu prefer this region, which also becomes home to countless birds during the rainy season.
ActivitiesHiking & mountainbiking on signposted paths, Nature Drives. The so-called «Trans Kalahari Walk» is a hike that starts at the lodge and includes breakfast in the desert, lunch en route and an overnight stay at Dune Camp (a full-fledged little camp for walkers). Walking distance on the first day is roughly 16km (about 6 hours), on the second day about 8km back to the lodge.